MIDLAND, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- “It’s the absolute lifeblood of energy transportation,” says, Allen Fore, VP of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan.
As the oil and gas industry continues to boom there is an increasing need to transport natural gas.
“Capturing the natural gas that is being flared away, a terrible waste of a natural resource,” says Fore.
He says the Permian Highway Pipeline is a good idea for multiple reasons.
“What happens in West Texas really has a global impact. It’s an environmental benefit by reducing the flaring. On the other end, natural gas is a very clean-burning fossil fuel so pipeline infrastructure gets that product, in this case, natural gas, and transports it to our customers.”
Texas is the leading exporter of natural gas to Mexico making clean air more important than ever.
“Mexico has been working very hard to modernize their power grid and add additional infrastructure, convert its power plant from coal or other products to natural gas. Why is that important? Because the air doesn’t stop at the border.”
According to Fore, the Permian Basin will also benefit. “Add additional employees, this is going to add to the tax base. Overall, construction workers will have about 2,500 construction workers that are a part of this project.”
Not to mention the 18 permanent jobs it will create, additional property taxes to local governments, and billions of dollars in royalties to landowners.
“Real economic growth, economic impact and the growth of energy infrastructure.”